Escalera Health

Our Team

Our Team

Meet the experts behind our practice

PRIMARY CARE

Dr. Christian Moher, MD

Chief Innovative Officer

Primary Care Physician

Dr. Moher graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in family medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. He was awarded the 2018 Doctor of the Year award by the National Council of Behavioral Health due to his work in integrated medicine, specifically his efforts to reduce his patient population’s opioid usage. He is the first family physician recipient of the award, traditionally given to behavioral health providers. Dr. Moher’s passion for integrated care shows through his approach to treatment, incorporating the whole-person framework into clinical and treatment decisions. 

Peter Ziegler, MD

Primary Care Physician

Dr. Ziegler is a board-certified family physician with over 25 years of experience in primary care. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at Tufts University and completed his residency in family medicine at Brown University. As a primary care physician, Dr. Ziegler provides a full range of routine services, treatments, and referrals as needed for all chronic medical conditions. He worked for 18 years with the Indian Health Service, then at Assurance Health and Wellness, and most recently at Community Partners, Inc. integrating primary care with behavioral health services. Dr. Ziegler believes in the importance of connection and communication with his patients to best assist with their healthcare needs. 

Emily Ichikawa, MSN

Family Nurse Practitioner

Emily graduated from the UCLA School of Nursing, and after several years of inpatient and outpatient experience as a registered nurse, she returned to school at Simmons University and received a Master of Science in Nursing. Her prior experience in multiple mental healthcare settings, paired with her family nurse practitioner training, allows her to assist patients with physical needs, as well as provide resources for mental health care needs. 

Juniper Dery-Chaffin, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Juniper earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Northern Arizona University and Master of Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona. She works as a family medicine physician assistant providing primary care services, including, but not limited to, general family medicine, outpatient procedures, annual wellness exams, preventative medicine, chronic disease management, pain management, and well-woman exams. In addition to outpatient care, Juniper is responsible for primary care rounding through Escalera Health at Cornerstone Behavioral Health El Dorado in Tucson, and practices as a psychiatric physician assistant to a diverse population of patients struggling with mental illness. She treats primary care and behavioral health patients at Escalera. 

Audrey Marie Gray, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Audrey has been practicing family medicine since graduating from NAU in 2016 with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Her goal is to optimize the health and happiness of her community and believes patient connection, education, and empathy are essential to providing quality healthcare. Audrey provides a wide array of services and treatments including but not limited to: help navigating the healthcare system, preventative medicine and cancer screenings, well woman exams, fibromyalgia ,and management of other acute and chronic disorders. Her prior experience includes treatment of cumulative organic hyper toxicity and mold-related illness. Audrey believes in whole-patient treatment to best enable healing and growth.

psychiatry

Steven Herron, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Herron graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his adult psychiatry residency at the University of Arizona. He has extensive experience in treating both in-person and via telemedicine across a variety of clinical environments, including correctional institutions, public mental health clinics, university inpatient and outpatient services, and a student health clinic. Dr. Herron employs evidenced-based treatments in psychopharmacology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy to care for patients within the integrated framework. Dr. Herron is also an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona. 

Theresa Keane, PhD, PMHNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Keane is an American Nurses Credentialing Center board-certified and completed her doctoral studies in clinical psychology at Long Island University. She specializes in helping individuals struggling with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric symptoms. Dr. Keane has experience in a wide array of service delivery settings and modalities, including telemedicine, outpatient and inpatient settings, partial hospital programs, community-based organizations, and substance use treatment centers. Through evidence-based treatments in psychopharmacology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy, Dr. Keane handles patient care with an integrated framework, whole-person approach. She is available for telehealth appointments exclusively, no in person, at Escalera.

 

therapy

Briana Cuestas, LAC

Therapy Supervisor

Briana utilizes cognitive behavioral strategies and person-centered approaches to help meet client needs and align with the integrative care model. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in professional counseling from Grand Canyon University. Briana brings experience from inpatient and outpatient settings working with co-occurring disorders and crisis intervention. She is trauma-informed care certified and certified in the Motivational Interviewing counseling approach. She practices Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based specialty that focuses on traumatic events, thoughts, images, and bodily sensations, inducing stimulation in the form of repeated eye movements to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other disorders. Briana has worked in settings as a victim’s advocate and with first responders, and she has a passion for working with the Tucson community. 

Lupita Burruel, LAC

Licensed Counselor

Lupita, bilingual in Spanish and English, strives to help clients feel comfortable by providing a compassionate, person-centered approach. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona and master’s degree in clinical and mental health counseling from Walden University. Lupita has experience working with refugees, families, and people of all ages addressing acculturation, anxiety, co-morbidity, crisis intervention, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, and trauma from inpatient and outpatient perspectives. Additionally, Lupita is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based specialty that focuses on traumatic events, thoughts, images, and bodily sensations, inducing stimulation in the form of repeated eye movements to work through associated symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Angela Daniels-Valenzuela, LISAC

Licensed Therapist

Angela received two Masters Degrees, the first in Art Therapy and Counseling and the second in Human Resources and Substance Abuse Counseling. She has over 21 years of experience working with adults, children, and families with numerous behavioral health issues. In addition to traditional talk therapy, Angela utilizes Art Therapy as a supplemental tool to aid expression of especially difficult issues. This therapeutic technique allows exploration of various issues through art-making and can be healing. Angela has experience working with blended families, partners in interracial relationships, individuals struggling with bi-racial identity or multi-ethnicity, and individuals involved in probation and Child Protective Services. Angela’s patients represent a variety of cultures, including members of tribal communities in Arizona.

Steven Guthrie, LMSW

Licensed Therapist

Steve is a Licensed Master Social Worker with over fifteen years of executive level leadership experience in healthcare organizations across southern Arizona. He received both his master’s of social work and Juris Doctoral degrees from Arizona State University. Steve is a veteran of the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. He utilizes cognitive behavioral strategies informed by an integrated care approach to help meet client needs. 

Jo-Ann Marcus, LCSW

Licensed Counselor

Jo-Ann is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of New England. Her therapy style is collaborative, pragmatic, and compassionate. She has extensive experience helping clients who are struggling with loss and grief, life transitions, divorce, stepfamilies and parenting, domestic violence, workplace issues, and depression. Jo-Ann helps people find better ways of dealing with stress and anxiety, as well as internal conflict and strained relationships. 

 

Elissa Munoz Tucker, LAC

Licensed Counselor​

Elissa earned her bachelor’s degree in special education and master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in rehabilitation and mental health from the University of Arizona. She holds a Certification in Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) and is a Licensed Associate Counselor. Elissa’s experience working with general mental health and serious mental illnesses includes diagnosing, treatment planning, crisis management, and contributing within the integrated health system. She provides both individual and couple’s therapy. 

Lily Wilhelm, LAC

Licensed Counselor

Lily is dedicated to providing effective behavioral health interventions for people experiencing mental health concerns. After attending the University of Arizona for undergrad, Lily earned a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Northern Arizona University. She approaches therapy with compassion, empathy, and solution-oriented counseling. Lily’s specialized interest and focus is in treatment of body image and selfesteem, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, and issues related to family of origin. She has experience within community mental health agencies, traditional outpatient settings, and on college campuses and has been recognized for implementing beneficial changes in organizational settings. 

Dara Dupree, LCSW

Licensed Therapist​

Dara earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work at Arizona State University. She provides compassionate whole health approaches including Mindfulness, CBT-Trauma Informed, Couples Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, Substance and Relapse Prevention, Grief and Loss, and psychoeducational tools to improve coping skills and communication techniques. Dara has worked with adolescents and adults in community behavioral health and hospital settings for over 25 years. 

Andrea Moreno, LMSW

Licensed Therapist​

Andrea received her Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University and earned certifications in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, ASU Latino Cultural Competency in Social Work, Crisis Prevention Intervention, Suicide Prevention and Awareness, Trauma Informed Care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked with both children and adults providing behavioral health assessments, individual and group counseling intervention services, therapeutic plans, safety plans, and reunification planning. Through psychoeducation and empathic listening, Andrea helps her clients reach their recovery goals. She is fully bilingual and emphasizes patience and respect to successfully work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Arlene Woolfolk, LAC

Licensed Counselor​

Arlene’s experience is in individual counseling, family counseling, treatment planning, individualized assessments, and trauma informed crisis management. A University of Arizona graduate with a master’s in mental health counseling, Arlene uses psychoeducation to promote client understanding regarding the impacts of trauma as it relates to integrated care services. This covers treatment issues (including medication), official diagnoses, and relevant skills training. She approaches therapy with professionalism, warmth, empathy, acceptance, and humor. 

Amber Gin, LMSW

Licensed Therapist​

Amber provides person-centered therapy with compassion and empathy through an integrated approach. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Amber works with adults of all ages who are dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief and loss, and low self-esteem. She specializes in therapy with older adults and has extensive experience with informal caregivers and families of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

medical assistants

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Jamie Walker, RN

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Jamie Walker, RN

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Lesette Amos

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Lesette Amos

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Stephanie Higuera

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Alyson Petty

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Stephanie Higuera

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Alyson
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administrative

Robin Glicksman, DBH, LMSW

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Glicksman provides clinical guidance and oversight for Escalera Health’s primary care and behavioral health programs through compliance control, licensing governance, and personnel management. She graduated with her bachelor degree in psychology from the University of Arizona, and attended Arizona State University to earn her masters in social work and her Doctor of Behavioral Health. In addition to her specialization in integrated mental health evaluations, treatment planning, crisis planning, and suicide risk assessments, Dr. Glicksman has served as a case manager, group facilitator, individual and family therapist, hospital liaison, and intake/assessment coordinator. Dr. Glicksman was a 2021 Southern Arizona’s “40 Under 40” award recipient for her work in the integrated healthcare arena. 

Katrina Rodriguez

Office Manager

Katrina Rodriguez is the manager overseeing primary care, ancillary services, front desk operations, and the medical assistant team. As a certified medical assistant herself, Katrina understands the intricacies of medical policies and procedures. She has employed this knowledge and experience to develop multiple programs at Escalera and continues to monitor these daily operations. Katrina is the point of contact for customer service and patient care needs.